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What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

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An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from... See full summary »

Director:

Rob VanAlkemade

Writer:

Sangeeta Sharma

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Cast

Credited cast:
Adetola Abiade Adetola Abiade ... Alto
Paul Allen Paul Allen ... Tenor
Paul Norman Allen Paul Norman Allen ... Paul
Paul Norman Allen Paul Norman Allen ... Tenor
Shannon Baxter Shannon Baxter ... Soprano
Rick Becker Rick Becker ... Trombone
James Solomon Benn James Solomon Benn ... Choir Director / Choreographer
Reverend Billy Reverend Billy ... Reverend Billy
Ben Cerf Ben Cerf ... Bass
Misun Choi Misun Choi ... Soprano
Ben Dubin-Thaler Ben Dubin-Thaler ... Bass
Savitri Durkee Savitri Durkee ... Church Director
Leah Farrell Leah Farrell ... Tenor
Gina Figueroa ... Alto
Mike Flthye Mike Flthye ... Drums
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An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.) The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America's mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands - Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement. Written by Warrior Poets Releasing

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The movie Santa doesn't want you to see!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and brief mild language

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bentonville, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,527, 18 November 2007

Gross USA:

$200,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,010
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Safeway (about 40 minutes into the film) identified as Oakland, is in fact in Berkeley. See more »

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In a word: spectacular.
14 December 2007 | by roevswadeboggsSee all my reviews

I am not typically a man who posts reviews of films. In fact, this is my first. But after catching What Would Jesus Buy in the Village last night, I was particularly inspired. This is a great film; well-captured, well-edited, and loaded with moments of unconscionable hilarity. Reverend Billy is both a brilliant pitchman and a devoted activist, and after viewing it, I couldn't agree with his message more. With the holiday season fast approaching, I think you owe it to yourself to learn about the culture of greed that drives our unstoppable shopping, and I would be hard-pressed to think of a better way to do that than viewing this film.


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